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The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that
will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in
recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is
in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on
Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be
certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth
in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as
60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when
Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and
will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in
the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9
and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest
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Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
Mars will be easy to spot. At the
beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m.
and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are
closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its
highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty
convenient to see something that no human being has
seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at
the beginning of August to see Mars grow
progressively brighter and brighter throughout the
month.
Share this with your children and grandchildren.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

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Interesting indeed. . .but are there supposed to be images in that post?



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Cool. I'll definitely watch for that....



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got the big scope out for this thanx

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That was last year....Old news...And it was a false rumor that it would look as large as the full moon...It did appear as a very bright star but nothing close to the size of the full moon.
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ahhh no i got it off another site.

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That was last year....Old news...And it was a false rumor that it would look as large as the full moon...It did appear as a very bright star but nothing close to the size of the full moon.


I thought I remembered the same thing from last year. I got my telescope out and checked it out.
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Soooo. . .is it true for now or not???



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Soooo. . .is it true for now or not???
close, really...
just a bit more time...
2287 will be the next one!!!....
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Crap. . .oh well. . .



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